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“A town to remember”

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Mossy Point, Australia
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18 reviews
5 helpful votes
“A town to remember”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2010

Lots to like about this town in the south of France. A great old part of the town, some excellent hotels and restaurants.
Close is Fontaine de Vaucluse, a small town with a great church and lively tourist industry,
Isle sur La Sorgue is called the Venice of France - split by the Sorgue river, it is alive with splendid old buildings, music from strolling players and the river rushing past.
We stayed in a cottage several kms out of town, rode in every day and found something to do.
Note: Take a car or rent one. It is very hilly in the surrounding region but the villages are profoundly beautiful. Gorde especially is one to visit. High on a hilltop, its church and castle look out proudly over the countryside; over the centuries, they have resisted enemy attacks.
We plan one day to return.

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springfield, mo
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22 reviews
9 helpful votes
“My favorite base in Provence”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2010

We recently returned from a 13 day trip to France. We spent a week in Provence using L'Isle sur la Sorgue as our home base. We rented a 3 level townhome very close to the center of L'Isle. It was a perfect location to explore the Vaucluse and Luberon areas in Provence. We flew in to Marseilles and it was a quick hour drive to L'Isle sur la Sorgue.

We began our week with the Sunday market in L'Isle which was a fabulous blend of sights, smells and sounds. The market was a perfect blend of fresh and colorful produce, regional specialties (cheese, sausages, seafood, lavender, soaps), crafts, and antiques. After walking the market, which stretched street after street, we cooled our feet off in the refreshingly cool la Sorgue river. Several branches of the Sorgue River flow through L'Isle and there are a couple of large waterwheels that still operate. It was a delight to explore the town of L'Isle.

Since we rented a car, we were able to explore the sights and towns in the Vaucluse and Luberon regions including Beduoin, Mt. Ventoux, Orange, Rousillon, Menerbes, Chatenaeuf de Pape, Village des Bories, Bonnieux, Lourmarin, Avignon and Aix en Provence. Each town had its own unique character and interest - ancient Roman ruins, outdoor markets, vineyards, red cliffs or just winding picturesque streets. Even better, most of the villages and towns we explored were within one hours drive from L'Isle sur la Sorgue.

Our favorite part of each day was getting our morning coffee at Cafe de la France (across from Notre Dame des Anges) and eating pastries from one of several boulangeries near the Cafe. It was such a pleasure to drink cafe cremes on the sidewalk cafe under the shade of the large plane trees and watch the everyday life in a small French town. Besides having some wonderful meals at our home base, we had several meals in town. We ate at the Cafe Bellevue in town and a dinner of chinese at Rose de Asie. I would definitely recommend both of these restaurants!

One downside to L'Isle may be limited parking options, especially on Sunday and Thursdays which are the market days. However, a parking space came with the rental of the townhouse, so we didn't have any real issues with parking. Also, the townhouse was near the center of town so we were within walking distance of everything in the center of L'Isle.

I think we picked the perfect location for exploring the Luberon and Vaucluse areas of France. I would definitely recommend L'Isle sur la Sorgue to anyone considering a trip to this area of France.

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“An unforgettable experienc.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2009

In September, 2008 we spent an enchanting week in a cottage outside of L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. The cottage was located on the road to the village of Fontaine de Vacluse. We considered both villages to be our home base but we favored L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue. This village is more of a small town with all the conveniences as well as all of the charm.

Visiting the town center reminds you of why it's called "the Venice of Provence". The name means Island on the Sorgue which is exactly what it is. The Sorgue River runs crystal clear throughout the region. A hike to its source, in Fontaine de Vacluse, is a worthwhile experience. It introduces you to the origins of the life blood of the area.

L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is a perfect base to explore the Luberon region of Provence. This region is considered to be the quintessential Provence of novels and movies. You'll want to linger in the town center to explore and experience the Provencal lifestyle. You'll also be within easy driving range of hill-top villages like Gordes and Roussillon.

A stay in L'isle-sur-la-Sorgue is well worth the effort of having a once in a lifetime experience. It also makes you want to come back for more.

Thank Cisco-7
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